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Montana:Musica Festival Bad Hofgastein 2020

3rd International Festival for music groups and choirs in Gastein

"Echoes of Gastein" from 09 to 12 October 2020


foto: Chorus MM, Salzburg

fotos and logo: Chorus MM, Salzburg

The alpine Spa Bad Hofgastein located in the province of Salzburg invites international music groups and choirs to a weekend of music into the Gastein Valley. A wonderful mountain world with fresh air, crystal clear mountain streams, rustic mountain lodges, a remarkable fauna and flora and not least the friendly towns – all these contribute to the special charm of the Gastein Valley.  On the occasion of the traditional “Bauernherbst”, the period when the harvest festival is celebrated, international choirs and music groups meet with local music groups and present themselves at different venues while tasting regional specialities. The festival is open to choirs and music groups with a secular music program. All kinds of ensembles are welcome to attend such as folk dance groups with live music, orchestras and music groups of various genres (for example jazz bands, brass band music among other). The repertoire is free to choose, all music styles are permitted. Performances in traditional costumes are welcome.

The festival highlights include the participation in a “Hoagascht”, a relaxed musical get-together as well as the Gala Concert in the Kursaal Bad Hofgastein. Interested choirs or individual participants are invited to take part in a hiking tour in the Gastein Valley and to rehearse a yodel.

Our program for your choir tour / music tour

Friday, 09 October 2020
Arrival and festival opening

Attending choirs and music groups arrive in  Bad Hofgastein and meet their local Montana:Musica assistant at the hotel.
Early dinner at the hotel.

Official opening ceremony of the festival  Montana:Musica 2019 in the Alpenarena in Bad Hofgastein
(in case of bad weather: Kursaal). Welcome by local representatives of the town of Bad Hofgastein and by the local wind band. First meeting with the Artistic Director of the Festival

Saturday, 10 Oktober 2020
Performances at public squares / rehearsals and Festival Gala Concert

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel in the morning.
In the morning: performances at public squares in Bad Hofgastein
In the afternoon: individual and joint rehearsal of the participating groups at the Kursaal Bad Hofgastein for the Festival Gala Concert in the evening.
Early dinner at the hotel.

In the evening Festival Concert of the International Montana:Musica Festival at the Kursaal Bad Hofgastein. Each attending music group/choir presents itself with a program of 15 minutes.
Following the concert the participants are presented with a certificate of participation.
The evening ends with the joint singing of the selected group song.

Sunday, 11 October 2020
Singing at the Schlossalm and “Bauernherbst” meets Montana:Musica

In the morning breakfast at the hotel.
Today you will glide with the new cable car from the ground station in Bad Hofgastein to the Schlossalm which lies 2.066 m above sea level. Individual “open-air”performances of the participating choirs and music groups high up on the mountain.

In the afternoon: “Bauernherbst” meets Montana:Musica: Enjoy the “Bauernherbst” – this is the period when after a busy summer the herdsmen and dairymaids return with their livestock from their alpine pastures down to the valley. This time is the “fifth season” of the year in the Gastein Valley. The harvest festival is celebrated with specialities from the farmhouse and traditional festivities in the Salzburger Land. It has always been a time of celebration in the Gastein Valley with singing, laughing and dancing at social get togethers. Explore one of the many inns and cafes of Bad Hofgastein. While you can sample some of the mouthwatering regional specialities a local music groups will entertain the guests and international festival-participants. In the region this sort of social get-together is called a "Hoagascht" and in the Gastein Valley you will find the “Masters of Hoagascht” dressed in their traditional lederhosen and dirndl dresses.
Spend a free evening on your own.


Monday, 12 October 2020
End of the festival and departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel in the morning.
Check out at the hotel and individual departure or extension of your stay.

On the arrival / departure day or on an extension of stay we can gladly organize for your
(for additional costs):  

•    Guided tour to the Hohenwerfen Fortress with birds of prey show (48 km)
•    Visit of Salzburg (98 km) including a guided 2 hour walking tour of the Old Town


Our services for your choir/music trip

  • 3 nights in a centrally located 3* hotel or a 4* hotel in Bad Hofgastein, including City Tax
  • Accommodation in twin/double rooms with private facilities
  • Daily buffet breakfast and 2x dinners at your hotel/restaurant (3 course menu without drinks)
  • Participation in the choir/music festival including all costs and fees (opening ceremony, 2 open-air concerts during the “Hoagascht” and at the Schlossalm mountain, festival gala concert)
  • Transfer by cable car to/from the Schlossalm
  • Get-together at the “Hoagascht” with a tasting of regional specialities
  • Distribution of the festival participation certificates to all choirs/music groups
  • English speaking Montana:Musica assistant throughout the festival stay
  • Every 31st participant is free of charge (based on twin/double room)
  • Optional half day excursion to Salzburg sightseeing or to the Fortress Hohenwerfen incl. birds of prey show (upon request for an additional charge)

Depending on your travel arrangements we will be happy to assist you with organizing your choir/music trip and with booking ground transportation (local coach) to/from the airport Salzburg

Request an individual offer for this trip